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November 11, 2013

Corn Production Up 1 Percent from September Forecast
Soybean Production Up 3 Percent
Cotton Production Up 2 Percent

Corn production is forecast at 14.0 billion bushels, up 1 percent from the previous forecast and up 30 percent from 2012. If realized, this will be a new record production for the United States. Based on conditions as of November 1, yields are expected to average 160.4 bushels per acre, up 5.1 bushels from the previous forecast and 37.0 bushels above the 2012 average. If realized, this will be the highest average yield since 2009. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 87.2 million acres, down 2 percent from the previous forecast and down slightly from 2012.

Soybean production is forecast at 3.26 billion bushels, up 3 percent from the previous forecast and up 7 percent from last year. If realized, production will be the third largest on record. Based on November 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 43.0 bushels per acre, up 1.8 bushels from the previous forecast and up 3.2 bushels from 2012. Area for harvest in the United States is forecast at 75.7 million acres, down 1 percent from both the previous forecast and last year.

All cotton production is forecast at 13.1 million 480-pound bales, up 2 percent from the September forecast but down 24 percent from last year. Yield is expected to average 808 pounds per harvested acre, up 79 pounds from last year. Upland cotton production is forecast at 12.5 million 480-pound bales, down 25 percent from 2012. Pima cotton production, forecast at 625,500 bales, was carried forward from the previous forecast.

Mid-South Tobacco Thrips Resistant to Thiamethoxam

Syngenta has confirmed resistance to thiamethoxam, the active ingredient in Cruiser, Avicta Complete, Avicta Duo and Acceleron N seed treatments in four populations of tobacco thrips collected in the Mid-South.  Early indications suggest that this resistance is confined to the Mid-South.  Thiamethoxam is a widely used seed treatment for cotton, corn, soybeans and rice in Louisiana; however, thrips rarely inflict enough injury to corn and soybeans to cause economic losses. Over the past three years we, as well as our colleagues around the Mid-South, have seen a decline in efficacy of thiamethoxam treated cotton seed against tobacco thrips.  Based on limited information, resistance appears to be confined to thiamethoxam and has not been detected with imidacloprid. Additionally, current data suggests that resistance to thiamethoxam is limited to tobacco thrips; thus western flower thrips, which occur in high numbers some years in Louisiana, still appear to be susceptible. A larger resistance screening program will be conducted in 2014 and more information and specifics will provided as production meetings commence in the winter and spring.Please see the following link by Gus Lorenz for additional information. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Sebe Brown or  David Kerns for more information.  Sebe Brown     Cell: 318-498-1283       Office: 318-435-2903

David Kerns    Cell: 318-439-4844     Office: 318-435-2157

Fruit, Vegetables, Landscape

Couple of important meetings coming up at LSU in the very near future.  First, the Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association Winter Meeting and Field Day is slated for December 4th from 9 AM until 2:30 at the Burden Museum and Gardens on Essen Lane in Baton Rouge.  Topics will range from Producing clean vegetable transplants to marketing opportunities for growers and legal risk management, winding up with a field tour of broccoli, citrus, lettuce and strawberry plots.  For more information contact Dr. Kiki Fontenot at

The next day a plant material conference for Louisiana nursery, landscape and garden center professionals will be held at the same location. Registration begins at 8:30 AM and the conference will wrap up at 3:30.  Registration is $30 per person with attendance limited to the first 70 individuals with paid registration.

For more information, contact  LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings at

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